Neighbors cover their ears over E. Fa...

Neighbors cover their ears over E. Farmingdale sirens -- Emerge...

There are 43 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 4, 2008, titled Neighbors cover their ears over E. Farmingdale sirens -- Emerge.... In it, Newsday reports that:

Having lived across the street from an East Farmingdale Fire Department station house for about a quarter century, John Tighe has learned to cope with wailing sirens - but not the Thunderbolt recently installed ...

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“Way,Weather,Terr ain,Leadership”

Since: Apr 08

New Milford, NJ

#21 Jun 4, 2008
I would like to propose a change to the judge it menu .
I feel "You're an idiot" should be added with haste

“There's Only One ME!”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#22 Jun 4, 2008
Bob wrote:
These sirens are complete bull. EVERYONE has pagers, and the pagers have base units. This is a silly volunteer tradition like money wasting racing teams that we can never let go of.
I agree, and besides, 98% of these guys hang out at the FH 24/7 anyway. So who are they really notifying? The town next to them.
John

Rockaway, NJ

#23 Jun 4, 2008
It is a disgrace in this modern day of communication that the fire dept. a group dedicated to saving lives ....destroys the lives of Infants, the elderly and the recovering.....I hope the day will come when they need to run indoors with their newborn child in arms to escape the damaging force of their horns and sirens ......especially when they know that all it is ....is someones broken CO2 detector going off.....and believe me they know exactly what the call is before anything goes a wailing....so sad
homeowner near the siren

Brooklyn, NY

#24 Jun 4, 2008
volly no one is questioning the valuable service that you guys provide your communities you should be commended for what you do, but we all know that you guys are more than compensated by the perks you receive especially at EFFD. I believe that if this siren was implemented in by your home damaging your families hearing you might have a different opinion
Volly wrote:
How Many of you guys are Volunteers? Ya know what, maybe it is Tradition, and maybe we do want the community the people WE are HELPING VOLUNTARILY to know how busy, how much time we commit from these trying times, and ya know what the pagers DON'T always work, and I DON'T always have mine on, but i know one thing if it's YOUR/MY Family we're going to, or YOUR/MY house thats on fire, i'm going to want EVERY bell and whistle, pager and beer going off for people to help. you are all UNGRATEFUL. You try dong what we do.
have heard the siren

United States

#25 Jun 4, 2008
my son's god parents live near this siren and i myself have heard it go off i live off rt 109 i hear traffic and west babylon sirens all the time and they are in no way deafening. i was over our friends house tonite when the siren went off and my son came running in from outside crying and begging for me to cover his ears i understand that you need to communicate and the use of sirens are a neccessary evil however the folks in this neighborhood have lived there for years and never complained about the sirens. the east farmingdale fire dept only recently installed this Thunderbolt within the last month there was no warning no notification as to them doing this and i feel they should have had to consult someone. i know for a fact that there are other ways my dad lives in missouri and in the sticks where there is no signal however the fireman are still able to get their calls
have heard the siren

United States

#26 Jun 4, 2008
not annoying ding dong you expose ur family to a sound so loud that your hearing is impaired for several mins and ur child crys see how u like it
get real wrote:
maybe they should do away with police sirens, ambulance sirens, train horns too, and fog horns, the ice-cream man's bells, etc..... all the things that seem to annoy people
Bangkok Bill

Bangkok, Thailand

#27 Jun 5, 2008
The little firemen need big toys.
mike

Highland Mills, NY

#28 Jun 5, 2008
it's to loud sounds like an air raid. i was a vollie and we had pocket pagers they work fine. but its like everything elese in this town, there keeping up with the jones and we people who live here have to suffer. although i support the f.d. they don't need that super loud thing .but just like the price of gas,food,cloths and everything elese falls on deaf ears nothing will be done about it just go along and suffer,have a nice day
Mike sman

Lindenhurst, NY

#29 Jun 5, 2008
I live around the corner. the new one is too loud. They need to start using the old one again. If you have not heard how insanely loud it is, you have no right to judge. People, it is very loud.

“There's Only One ME!”

Since: Mar 08

Location hidden

#30 Jun 5, 2008
mike wrote:
it's to loud sounds like an air raid. i was a vollie and we had pocket pagers they work fine. but its like everything elese in this town, there keeping up with the jones and we people who live here have to suffer. although i support the f.d. they don't need that super loud thing .but just like the price of gas,food,cloths and everything elese falls on deaf ears nothing will be done about it just go along and suffer,have a nice day
Maybe the nearby residents should sue this FD for damages to the ears. I bet they would change the siren in a heartbeat. Wouldn't want to cut in on their PERK monies.
Bangkok Bill

Bangkok, Thailand

#31 Jun 5, 2008
Sue sue sue.
Mark L

Elmont, NY

#32 Jun 6, 2008
I am certainly ashamed to hear almost every poster here insult and degrade and assume every volunteer firefighter sits at the firehouse all day. Firefighting has been in my family's blood for years, and if it wasn't for the volunteers that serve our communities there would be a lot of trouble. These sirens are actually needed to inform the residents of a village that there is an emergency located within the district's boundaries. Yes, these sirens may be loud, and in some cases the decibel ratings on the aforementioned sirens should be lowered. But to get rid of all of them is pointless and in some cases, a safety hazard. The sirens are also helpful for fire department members who do not have their phones and pagers on, informing them of an emergency when there may not be volunteers available. I personally believe that the sirens should be used more sparingly, when there is an actual emergency. Many automatic house/business alarms, car accidents, CO alarms, etc. are currently justifiable to sound the fire sirens, but nowadays they should be only used for working house fires, automobile accidents with confirmed injury, and other situations where it would be needed to inform firefighters. In my opinion, it is not about tradition that fire departments keep sirens, but more in the idea that the firefighters should be informed of the severity of the emergency. Lower the sound levels and keep the sirens, make everyone happy.
Stephen Kummernuss

Charlotte, NC

#33 Jun 10, 2008
Indepedence and arrogance are marks of volunteer fire departments on Long Island.

Here in Auburn, Indiana and through the Midwest, we use pagers.

They work fine. No sirens or horns. It is a relic of the past.
get a grip

Bayonne, NJ

#34 Nov 15, 2008
hey people you compain about the siren, but not the airport???? Hey guess what the planes and jets are just as loud of louder, complain to them.
And oh yeah, how bout this when the fire dept, police or resuce come to help you one day or save u or a friends life, then you tell me that there is a problem with the siren.

FYI those pagers arent reliable, they use radio signals, question how many times does your cell phone drop a call?? and thats new technology, plus if it doesnt work, is dead or you dont have it the fireman will hear it. East farmingdale, village, south farm and melviel respons to over 8000 calls a year, saving many lives, shame on you go complain about something else like keeping drunk drivers of the streets.
mike

Brooklyn, NY

#35 Feb 15, 2009
Use the sirens during the day. Remember the blackout in 03? As great as cellphones are they didnt work then! Pagers and cellphones are very good but their not GOLD! I've been right up close to E. Farmingdale's new siren..it is very loud but... I KNOW this has been said before but truly think about this! If your house had flames coming out of the roof.. you would NOT want it on? I dont know how long the siren is actully on for but it shouldnt be going off for 3 minutes a ONE minute is fine. FOR SURE... Sirens or horns will only result in a better turnout if used along with pagers!
mike

Brooklyn, NY

#36 Feb 15, 2009
There is NO question that the need for them is significantly less but... I can't disagreee more with having them OFF for good.. Testing at 6 and 12 each day is a bit much. On or the other. I think they should be used during the daytime for all calls and ONLY for working fires at night unless of a radio malfunction. There's NO question that they still HELP the volunteer fire departments even with new technology use everything and be thankful for what you have!
Bo BreitReed

Cumberland, MD

#37 Jun 23, 2009
Has anyone here successfully eradicated/terminated or even reduced the use of the sirens in their residence? I also live very near a Vol. Fire Department and am looking to take some kind of action, but was also looking for anyone who had experience doing so.
Janet

United States

#38 Oct 15, 2009
Bangkok Bill wrote:
<quoted text>
The firemen want the sirens so people will ask them what happened and they will feel important.
Your an idiot no wonder your in Thailand,(no comment). Sirens alert the neighbors who are all volunteers that someone is in trouble...If you don't like it stay in Thailand!!
Janet

United States

#39 Oct 15, 2009
Informed Poster wrote:
<quoted text>
Maybe the nearby residents should sue this FD for damages to the ears. I bet they would change the siren in a heartbeat. Wouldn't want to cut in on their PERK monies.
Maybe no one will show up when your home is on fire, or when you need an ambulance, because they would be sued...How about get off your butt and volunteer to help others...You could not afford to pay for a paid fire dept...And the person complaining lives where? There are no houses across the street from the main house, the East end house or the north house. If you don't like it than move off Long Island since the majority of the fire depts use sirens, and for the record they do no use them in the middle of the night. They tone off the radios, but for those of you who call 911 for help, you better hope the firemen hear the radios tone off. Tough it out or move to the country. I just hope you don't get the bright idea of sueing ambulances, police cars and fire trucks for their siren usage. Remember you might be the one who in distress!!!
Janet

United States

#40 Oct 15, 2009
By the way I was born and raised there!!

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